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Nathan Schurr

Nathan Schurr

Performance Augmentation Systems

Principal Engineer
Lead Scientist, Performance Augmentation Systems

Nathan’s interests are in allowing humans and artificially intelligent entities to collaborate and interact. He has applied this expertise to domains ranging from software personal assistants to human-multirobot teams. Nathan is the creator of an Incident Command training system, DEFACTO, which has been tested by the Los Angeles Fire Department. The system allows human incident commanders to coordinate with fire fighter agents during a large-scale disaster response.

Nathan holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Viterbi School of Engineering Homeland Security Center Doctoral Fellowship. He holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.


Notable Publications

Alexander, A., Saffell, T. N., Alaverdi, O., Carlin, A. S., Chang, A., Durkee, K., Galster, S. M., Geiselmen, E., Latorella, K., Wickens, C. D., & Schurr, N. (in press). ALARMS: Alerting and reasoning management system. NASA.

Swanson, L., Jones, E., Riordan, B., Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Sullivan, S., & Lansey, J. (2012). Exploring human error in an RPA target detection task. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES 2012), Boston, Massachusetts.

Amato, C., Schurr, N., & Picciano, P. (2011). Towards a realistic decentralized modeling for use in a real-world personal assistant agent scenario. In Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. Taipei, Taiwan.

Bruni, S., Riordan, B., Schurr, N., Cooke, N., Freeman, J., Roberts, J., & Rima, N. (2011). Designing a mixed-initiative decision-support system for multi-UAS mission planning. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES 2011), Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Riordan, B., Ayers, J., & Sucillon, S. (2011). Measuring trainee intent using low-cost, high-impact cognitive models. Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Arlington, Virginia.

For more information about Nathan Schurr’s publications, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.


Additional Publications

Ganberg, G., Ayers, J., Schurr, N., Therrien, M., & Rousseau, J. (2011) Representing context using the context for human and automation teams model. Presentation at the Activity Context Representation workshop at the Twenty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. AAAI-11.

Saffell, T. N., Alexander, A. L, Carlin, A., Chang, A. C., & Schurr, N. (2011). An integrated alerting and notification system utilizing stages of automation and uncertainty Visualization. Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium of Aviation Psychology, Dayton,OH.

Schurr, N., Saffell, T. N., Carlin, A., Chang, A., & Alexander, A. (2011). ALerting and Reasoning Management System (ALARMS). Poster presented at the NASA Aviation Technical Information Meeting, St. Louis, MO: NASA.

Alexander, A. L., Alaverdi, O., Geiselman, E., Galster, S., & Schurr, N. (2010). A system-hazard matrix for the NextGen flight deck. Proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace. Cape Canaveral, FL: HCI-Aero.

Alexander, A. L., Chang, A., Saffell, T. N. & Schurr, N. (2010, July). Work domain analysis to support flight deck integrated alerting and notification. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Proceedings of the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Society International Meeting, Miami, Florida.

Bruni, S., Schurr, N., Riordan, B., Freeman, J., et al. (2010). Mixed-Initiative Machine for Instructed Computing (MIMIC). Presented at the DoD HFETAG-63, 3-6 May 2010, Tempe AZ.

Carlin, A., Alexander, A. L., & Schurr, N. (2010). Modeling pilot state in next generation aircraft alert systems. Presented at the MODSIM World 2010 Conference & Expo.

Carlin, A., Ayers, J., Rousseau, J., & Schurr, N. (2010). Agent-based coordination of human-multirobot teams in complex environments. Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2010). May 10-14, 2010, Toronto, Canada, 2010.

Schurr, N., Good, R., Alexander, A., Picciano, P., Ganberg, G., Therrien, M., Beard, B., & Holbrook, J. (2010). A testbed for investigating task allocation strategies between air traffic controllers and automated agents. Proceedings of the 22nd Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI-10). Atlanta, GA.

Schurr, N., Picciano, P., & Mareck, J. (2010). Function allocation for NextGen airspace via agents. Proceedings of 9th International Conference Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2010). Toronto, Canada.

Levchuk, G., Schurr, N., Grande, D., & Stacy, W. (2009). Future C2 architecture for distributed execution: A case study of intelligent particles. Proceedings of the 14th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium.

Schurr, N., Patil, P., Pighin, F., & Tambe, M. (2006). Using multiagent teams to improve the training of incident commanders. Proceedings of the Industry Track of the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Schurr, N., Varakantham, P., Bowring, E., Tambe, M., & Grosz, B. (2006). Asimovian multiagents: Applying laws of robotics to teams of humans and agents programming multi-agent systems. Workshop at the 5th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Schurr, N., Patil, P., Pighin, F., & Tambe, M. (2006). Lessons learned from disaster management. Agent Technology for Disaster Management Workshop at The Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Schurr, N., Marecki, J., Kasinadhuni, N., Tambe, M., Lewis, J. P., & Scerri, P. (2005).The DEFACTO system for human omnipresence to coordinate agent teams: The future of disaster response. Poster in Proceedings of the Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Schurr, N., Marecki, J., Scerri, P., Lewis, J. P., & Tambe, M. (2005). The DEFACTO system: Training tool for incident commanders. Proceedings of the 17th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference (IAAI).

Schurr, N., Marecki, J., Tambe, M., & Scerri, P. (2005). Towards flexible coordination of human-agent teams. Multiagent and Grid Systems, 1(1), 3-16.

Tambe, M., Bowring, E., Jung, H., Kaminka, G., Maheswaran, R., Marecki, J., Schurr, N., et al. (2005). Conflicts in teamwork: hybrids to the rescue. Proceedings of the 4th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Marecki, J., Schurr, N., Tambe, M., & Scerri, P. (2005). Dangers in multiagent rescue using DEFACTO. Proceedings of the Polish Computer Science Association Conference.

Schurr, N., Marecki, J., Scerri, P., Lewis, J. P., & Tambe, M. (2005). The DEFACTO System: Coordinating human-agent teams for the future of disaster response. In R. H. Bordini,M. Dastani, J. Dix, & A. El Fallah Seghrouchni (Eds.), Programming multi-agent systems: Third international workshop. Springer Press.

Marecki, J., Schurr, N., & Tambe, M. (2005). Agent-based simulations for disaster rescue using the defacto coordination system. In R. L. Popp & J. Yen (Eds.), Emergent information technologies and enabling policies for counter-terrorism (IEEE press series on computational intelligence). Wiley-IEEE Press.

Schurr, N., Marecki, J., Tambe, M., Lewis, J. P., & Kasinadhuni, N. (2005). The future of disaster response: Humans working with multiagent teams using DEFACTO. American Association Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium on AI Technologies for Homeland Security.

Schurr, N., Maheswaran, R., Scerri, P., & Tambe, M. (2004). From STEAM to Machinetta: The evolution of a BDI teamwork model. In R. Sun (Ed.), Cognition and multiagent interaction: From cognitive modeling to social simulation. Cambridge University Press.

Schurr, N., Scerri, P., & Tambe, M. (2004). Coordination advice: A preliminary investigation of human advice to multiagent teams. American Association for Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium on Interaction between Humans and Autonomous Systems over Extended Operation.

Scerri, P., Pynadath, D. V., Johnson, L., Rosenbloom, P., Schurr, N., & Tambe, M. (2003). A prototype infrastructure for distributed robot-agent-person teams. Proceedings of the 2nd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Schurr, N., Scerri, P., & Tambe, M. (2003). Impact of human advice on agent teams: A preliminary report. Proceedings of the Workshop on Humans and Multi-Agent Systems at the 2nd International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

Scerri, P., Johnson, L., Pynadath, D. V., Rosenbloom, P., Schurr, N., Si, M., & Tambe, M. (2003). Getting robots, agents and people to cooperate: An initial report. American Association Artificial Intelligence Spring Symposium on Human Interaction with Autonomous Systems in Complex Environments.